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Ms Bronwen Bailey

Ms Bronwen Bailey

Mobile 0434 922 034
Psychotherapist, Clinical Psychologist

Mobile 0434 922 034

Bronwen is an experienced psychologist and psychotherapist practicing in Brisbane CBD. Bronwen's practice features a respectful, warm and interactive relationship within which clients can safely consider and resolve troubling and distressing issues.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Suite 44, 1st Floor, Ballow Chambers, 121 Wickham Tce, Brisbane, QLD 4000 0434 922 034 PHONE 0434 922 034

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision, Video / Skype 
  • Bronwen offers short term psychotherapy tailored to the ten sessions subsidised by Medicare. She also offers longer term psychotherapy for those seeking deeper resolution of longstanding, painful and difficult issues.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Borderline Personality, Childhood Issues, Depression, Emotional Crisis, Guilt Feelings, Life Transitions, Obsessive Compulsive, Personality Disorders, Phobias, PTSD, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Developmental, Experiential, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Object Relations, Person Centred, Process Oriented, Psychodynamic

    Bronwen is trained in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, interpersonal, schema focussed and dialectic behavioural approaches. Within that framework she emphasises personal meaning and narrative. Treatment is shaped according to what will be most effective for the needs and presentation of each client.
    She pays attention to what is happening in both mind and body as so much of what is happening in our minds plays out through our bodies. A long term interest and practice in yoga, also influence Bronwen's work and therapeutic approach.
    More broadly, Bronwen takes a holistic and strengths based approach placing problems within the context of the whole person and results in clients building a richer personal world.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Master of Clinical Psychology - 2012 - Queensland University of Technology
    • Postgraduate Diploma (Psych) - 2005 - Southern Cross University
    • Bachelor of Counselling - 2000 - University of New England
    • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - 1979 - Flinders University

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Psychological Society

    Quality Provision

    Bronwen attends to both her love of ongoing development in skills and knowledge as well as ensuring that she meets professional requirements from the psychologists registration body, Psychology Board of Australia. She takes regular clinical supervision from a senior psychologist, as well as engaging in peer supervision, and professional development.

    Background

    Bronwen has 19 years experience that includes work in both the public health system as well as private practice, and in both rural and urban locations. She has substantial experience in a public mental health service with both adolescents and adults in community and in-patient settings, with clinical leadership roles along the way. Bronwen also has experience in workplace mediation, and conferencing in the justice system.

    Providing clinical superivsion to other psychologists is another aspect of Bronwen's practice.

    Appointments

    Tuesday to Friday inclusive
    day and evening

    Transport and Parking

    Ballow Chambers is close to public transport and car parking facilities. Central Railway Station is directly across the street from the building entrance, as is a public carpark. There is ample metered street parking in the area.

    Fees

    Initial consultation $247.50 - one and a half hours.
    Subsequent one hour consultations are $165.
    Clients with a Medicare Mental Health Care Plan from a GP are eligible for a rebate of $124.50.

    Payment Options

    Fees are payable at the end of the session by
    cash, or electronic direct deposit.



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    10 Questions with Bronwen Bailey

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • Becoming a psychologist was a mid life career change for me. After some years working in the field of human rights, addressing global issues I decided that I wanted to work with people on an individual level. I had always been very curious about how to understand and explain people’s behaviours and responses to life experiences. So training as a psychologist was a natural conclusion. Like most psychologists there are experiences in my own life that helped shape these interests.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • My belief is that we are the product of our experience and meaning making, more than we are the outcome of genetic expression. Furthermore, my belief is that mind and body are one. So approaches that fully explore the impact of human experience, the meaning we give to those experiences, and consider how experience is reflected in mind and body is my great interest. In theoretical and therapeutic terms my philosophical orientation would include humanist, psychodynamic, narrative and systems approaches.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I am particularly interested in those times in a person’s life when they reach a point when whatever has held that person together before, is no longer sufficient. This can happen in a myriad of circumstances: such as becoming depressed or a global sense of having lost one’s way. Whatever the circumstances, the moment represents a window opening for change to occur and a deepening and enlivening of individual meaning to take place.

      Making meaning of life can be considered in relation to a particular event or more broadly as spirituality. By spirituality I mean the way someone finds connection with themselves, and that helps them navigate the mystery that is life. For some this may mean specifically a religious faith, although for most people it would mean one of many other less formal expressions.
      In summary, this transitional journey is a great interest in my work at whatever stage in life that it comes.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I have broadly addressed this question above in my response about philosophy. But I am interested to know the person as a whole, and the course of their life so far, and what moves them. I seek to form a sensitive and responsive alliance with the person so they feel safe to explore and resolve whatever painful or distressing issue confronts them.

      Sometimes resolution is about acceptance rather than change. This point takes me back to my thoughts expressed above about making meaning of one’s experiences.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Having a sense of progress can be very individual. But many people go away from the first conversation feeling that at least they have made a good start and that they have talked about the things that matter most to them.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Firstly, as a therapist knowing one’s own issues and vulnerabilities is crucial to knowing what belongs to the client and what belongs to oneself when one comes to conducting therapy. Knowing oneself helps with having empathy and sensitivity, as well as keeping a balanced perspective.

      Secondly, having sat in the therapy room as a client provides vital knowledge of what clients might go through as they sit with you. Doing therapy is not easy. My own experience has provided me with these insights as well broadening and enriching my personal life.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Being a therapist is a gift, and hard work. To have people entrust me with sharing their inner world is a privilege.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Of course! I have days when things don’t go as intended in my work with clients. I talk with clients about times when I feel that I have taken the wrong path or we have cross communication. I like to regularly check in with clients to get their perspective on how the process is evolving.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • This is a difficult question to answer. But here are some thoughts. Life is mysterious and complex. There are both breathtaking and devastating facets of life in both our inner and outer worlds. We have to deal with all of these. Often life twists and turns unexpectedly. I’m focussed on how we deal with the process of meeting challenges in life as well as specific problems.

      If pressed I would say that in the outer world environmental degradation and climate change, and discrimination be it racial, gender, religious or other forms would be topics that concern me a lot.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Any art form that captures the universality of human experience is inspiring as it tells us about ourselves. Think of the enigmatic beauty of the Mona Lisa, the strength and wisdom of Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mocking Bird”, the power of Freddie Mercury singing “We are the Champions”, the glorious Fauré’s Requiem, or the torment of Healthcliff in “Wuthering Heights”.

      My favourite inspiring moment is singing with my choir: singing together with friends, making gorgeous harmonies, with some fun dance moves all culminating in a great warmth of shared experience that brings us together.
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    Bronwen Bailey

    Psychotherapist, Clinical Psychologist

    Bronwen is an experienced psychologist and psychotherapist practicing in Brisbane CBD. Bronwen's practice features a respectful, warm and interactive relationship within which clients can safely consider and resolve troubling and distressing issues. ...

    • Brisbane
    • Developmental, Experiential, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Object Relations, Person Centred, Process Oriented, Psychodynamic